I want to give everyone an update on the new CFB location search and say thank you to the community for giving me a plethora of leads on possible buildings. I have to admit I was ready to just throw in the towel with all of the other stresses in life, but the out pouring of support within the CrossFit Beloit Community and the CrossFit Community at large has brighten my spirits and I will continue to provide CrossFit in this area!
My best lead is to purchase a building in South Beloit IL. in the neighborhood behind Everetts Liquor, it is only a mile away. To be honest; I want to keep the business in Wisconsin but the thought of owning the place and the ability to make it what we want, sways the decision to move to IL. The building is perfect, in an industrial area (we can be loud and enjoy our renegade fitness), high ceilings, 11,000 sf, a place for a kitchen, and the ability to put in showers. Downsides are that I still cannot figure out the IL business tax structure, we are CrossFit Beloit not CrossFit South Beloit (Wisconsin and proud of it), and I need to get this thing financed (if anyone wins the lottery in the next couple weeks let me know). The current owners are really cool and said they would clear an area for us to continue operations as I get the financing done and they move out. Looks like a good option but I would rather stay in Wisconsin and the city where I am from.
The main goal is to never shut down operations. The WOD on Saturday August 30th is to move all of our equipment to the new location, TBD, and be running the regular schedule Monday September 1st, which is our annual Hero WOD for Labor Day at 8 am:
Seven rounds for time of:
7 Handstand push-ups
135/95 pound Thruster, 7 reps
7 Toes to Bar
245/155 pound Deadlift, 7 reps
7 Kettlebell swings, 70/53 pound
Our 3rd year for this wod and I will be dammed if we are not doing this as a CFB community!
Please keep researching possible places and giving me leads. Looking for around 5,000 sf in an industrial/warehouse building (Storefront is way to expensive). I am looking for a long term lease or purchase of a building. If anyone has a connection to the Beloit school district; I know there are empty schools right now that have gymnasiums, could be a perfect fit!